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Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes

Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes

A Novel

When her beloved husband of forty-eight years dies, Imogene "Imo" Lavender takes solace in her tomato garden and finds her own life beginning to blossom. Raising two young women -- her rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter, Jeanette, and Lou, the thirteen-year-old niece she has taken in -- demands most of her time, but a friend insists that a trip to the Kuntry Kut 'n' Kurl and a new man are what Imo really needs. At her prompting, Imo sets off on a hilarious dating spree with a series of unsuitable bachelors.

While Jeanette grows increasingly reckless, Lou joins her aunt in the garden, learning lessons about love and life. A shocking announcement from Jeanette and a sudden death then remind them all that life, like a garden, changes with the seasons -- and that the healing of a heart comes with time, love, and patience, just as surely as a new crop of tomatoes rewards a devoted gardener.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451603842 | 
  • June 2010
List Price $16.99

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Chapter One: The Dead of Winter

"You don't have to look any further than your compost heap if you want to be comforted. If you need reassurance. You've got this stinking, rotting heap of decay, and then out of that springs sturdy, green, new plant shoots. Somebody shout Amen! Yes, they push up through this putrid mixture, this decomposition. Just like the fulfillment of the gospel's promise that says there will be life after death."


of Calvary Baptist, offering comfort to the bereaved

It was the day of Silas's funeral -- a freezing February morning at Calvary Baptist. Patches of... see more


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Julie Cannon
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